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ERIC Number: EJ891592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Girls' and Women's Education within Unesco and the World Bank, 1945-2000
Peppin Vaughan, Rosie
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v40 n4 p405-423 Jul 2010
By 2000, girls' and women's education was a priority for international development organisations. While studies have examined the impact of recent campaigns and programmes, there has been less exploration of ideas about girls' and women's education within development thought in the immediate post-colonial period, and the political mechanisms through which this came to be a global concern. Through a study of policy documents, this paper investigates how the education of girls and women came to be prioritised within the two principle UN agencies involved with education since 1945, the World Bank and Unesco. A shift in priorities is evident, from ensuring formal rights and improving the status of women, to expanding the productive capacities of women, fertility control and poverty reduction. While the ascendance of human capital theory provided a space for a new perception of the role of women's education in development, in other policy arenas women's education was central to exploring more substantive, rights-based notions of gender equality. Ultimately, the goal of improving girls' and women's education fitted into diverse development agendas, paving the way for it to become a global development priority. (Contains 2 tables and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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